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F.C.C. Delays Vote on Cable Set-Top Boxes


Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Consumers now have to rent cable boxes to watch television from cable operators, though alternatives exist. Credit Andy Cross/The Denver Post, via Getty Images

WASHINGTON — A plan to simplify television viewing was delayed when federal regulators were unable to agree on a proposal to free consumers from expensive cable box rentals.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday delayed a vote on a set-top box proposal that would require cable operators to provide their programming on devices other than a cable box, a plan intended to bring more competition to the television industry and liberate consumers from an average $ 231 in annual cable box fees.

The plan appeared in jeopardy in the last days leading up to the vote.

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